Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

The sustainability literacy test (SULITEST) is an online multiple choice question assessment. It assesses, in 30 minutes, the minimum level of knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility, applicable all over the world, in any kind of higher education institution (HEI), in any country, for students from any kind of tertiary-level course (bachelors, masters, MBAs, PhD).

Implementation methodologies

All of the questions in this assessment will ensure that future graduates have basic knowledge on sustainable development and both individual and organisational sustainability and responsibility. For this purpose, the scope of this assessment covers 2 types of question:* Questions on challenges facing society and the planet i.e. general knowledge on social,environmental and economic issues, basic understanding of the earth e.g. water and carbon cycles, greenhouse effect, etc.* Questions on the organisationís responsibility in general and on corporate responsibility in particular i.e. questions on practices for integrating social responsibility throughout an organisation and questions on the responsibility of individuals as employees and citizens.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

The SULITEST is free for universities and will be available for companies and organizations early 2016. The new platform will be available early 2016. It will allow universities and companies to add specific sets of questions and surveys to the test.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


* Senior Advisors: UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP, UN DESA, UN PRME, ULSF, CEEMAN, MEDIES, GRLI, ARIUSA, AMFORHT, HEASC, WFCP, GUPES, IDDRI, IAU, Copernicus alliance * Regional-National Expert Committee: RAUSA, ACTS, PRME Chapter Brazil, CGUN, Red Campus Sustentable, RCFA, REDIES, RAUDO, PRME national Chapter for Middle East and North Africa, CGE, CPU, REFEDD, CIRSES, HKSCC, APSCC, CAS-Net JAPAN, CRUI,INAECU, PRME national Chapter UK & Ireland, EAUC, AASHE, DANS * Partners Council: ONET, LVMH, CGE, Kedge, University of Paris Seine, Grenoble Ecole de Management, EAUC, PRME national Chapter UK & Ireland, University of Gothenburg, Des Enjeux et des Hommes
production of specific modules on several SDGs
September 2030
200,000 tests carried out per year, out of which 50,000 are done by professionals
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 4
4.3 - By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of cultureís contribution to sustainable development
Goal 12
Resources devoted to implementation
Financing (in USD)
150,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Currently 200 volunteers worldwide
Progress reports
  • 2017 (9 August 2017)
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Location: Marseille, France
Date of completion: September 2030
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Jean-Christophe Carteron,

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